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Camp Cucamonga

By Brian Costello, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 10+

Silly but sweet '90s summer camp movie has some bullying.

Movie NR 2004 93 minutes
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Beyond the hijinks, this movie does not shy away from weightier topics like divorce and fitting in among your peers, which means that it's not entirely a silly campground romp. But then again, there's an unintentionally hilarious rap montage thrown in the middle, where Jaleel White and the other campers shake their Guess jeans and their side-ponytails like they're in a Kid-N-Play video. Which means, all-in-all, that this movie is a campy camp movie, definitely dated but not without charm.

Besides being Jennifer Aniston's first credited movie role, Camp Cucamonga is a veritable who's-who of late-'80s/early-'90s tween stars representing the hit shows of that time, everything from Full House to The Wonder Years, Head of the Class to Family Matters, to say nothing of the brief appearances of Sherman Helmsley from The Jeffersons and Watergate felon G. Gordon Liddy. All-star cast aside, Camp Cucamonga is essentially standard summer camp fare a la Meatballs, where the authority figures are bumbling, the teen camp leaders cool (in a 1990 mullet-hair kind of way), and the campers themselves are tweens taking their first awkward steps into dating.

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